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01/15/14 Singing state worker kept on day job a year after filing false report
By Jake Griffin - Even after his supervisors at the Illinois Department of Labor discovered Chuck Drager fudged a safety inspection report for a ski lift at Villa Olivia in Bartlett, he was allowed to continue working for more than a year. Drager not only received... FULL STORY
01/10/14 Hazardous weather alert: Watch for icy roads
By Jake Griffin and Neil Holdway - The National Weather Service has issued a "hazardous weather outlook" warning motorists and pedestrians of icy and wet conditions as rain continues to fall Saturday and the ground remains colder than the air. "Although temperatures are above... FULL STORY
01/06/14 Suburbs get through deep freeze with ingenuity, patience
By Jake Griffin - Few things other than extreme weather test humanity's ingenuity and patience equally. Besides the cold, Monday's arctic blast brought challenges, triumphs and even some recollections of the more frigid days of yore. Throughout the suburbs, folks... FULL STORY
01/01/14 Ex-cop in Grayslake wins pension battle; who has state's highest pension?
By Jake Griffin - Who won the battle over an extra cost-of-living increase for a former Grayslake police sergeant? Who was driving the IDOT truck that was ticketed for running a red light in Hanover Park? Who has the state's highest pension? Find out in this latest... FULL STORY
12/31/13 New Year's Eve options still plentiful in suburbs
By Jake Griffin and Anna Marie Kukec jgriffin@dailyherald.com - If you've procrastinated, had plans change or just aren't as excited about ringing in the New Year with Ryan Seacrest as you once were, there are still plenty of options available in the suburbs for a fun New Year's Eve. You can find options in... FULL STORY
12/17/13 Three charged in suburban mortgage fraud scheme
By Jake Griffin - Three far West suburban residents are facing federal fraud charges stemming from a mortgage "rescue" scheme, according to prosecutors. Carlos Rayas, 39, of Aurora, as well as Melvin T. Bell, 37, and Monica Hernandez, 43, both of Oswego, were... FULL STORY
12/17/13 Police want more access to gun permit data
By Jake Griffin - The Illinois State Police list of the state's 1.6 million Firearm Owner Identification cardholders isn't shared with local police. Some suburban police officials say that's a key shortcoming of the state law. They would prefer to have that... FULL STORY
12/16/13 Crime data lacking when it comes to guns
By Jake Griffin - Despite the seemingly ever-present debate over gun-control laws, little data exists on the prevalence of crimes committed by people using guns. FULL STORY
12/15/13 What it takes to obtain a gun license in Illinois
By Jake Griffin - Illinois is one of three states to require guns owners to be licensed. You can get a Firearm Owners Identification card as long as you've never been convicted of anything more than a traffic violation, you don't have a history of mental illness and... FULL STORY
12/15/13 Special report: Gun license numbers don't tell whole story
By Jake Griffin - Even though their towns share a border, people who live in Libertyville are twice as likely to be legally authorized to own guns as their Vernon Hills neighbors. Similar wide variations show up across the suburbs, a Daily Herald town-by-town... FULL STORY
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